Unveiled for 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are part of the latest release from Samsung. Both handsets boast revolutionary camera setups with a variety of game-changing specs – including 8K video recording, which is the highest-resolution video on a smartphone to date. The Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra are both 5G-ready, so if you’re in an area where 5G is available, you’ll be able to enjoy the speedy connectivity and lag-free experience it can offer.
Samsung S20+ vs. Samsung S20 Ultra: Design and Display
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ display measures 6.7 inches, while the Galaxy S20 Ultra goes even further at 6.9 inches. Both have uninterrupted Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O displays, so either smartphone is ideal for streaming your favourite shows on the go.
Refresh rates have been given a boost; the Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra operate on 60Hz as standard, but can be set to 120Hz for a smooth gaming experience that will do even graphics-intensive games justice.
In terms of design, bezels have been paired right back on both handsets so your screen is virtually uninterrupted, making your everyday view more cinematic than ever. There's no home button in the way, and both phones have only smallest of punch-holes housing the front camera.
Both handsets are also rated IP68 water and dust resistant.
Samsung S20+ vs. Samsung S20 Ultra: Camera Systems
Hailed by Samsung as the smartphone series that will change the shape of mobile photography, the camera system is where these two handsets differ the most.
In the rear camera setup of the Galaxy S20+, you’ll find a 12MP Ultra Wide lens which can capture 120 degrees, a 64MP telephoto lens so your shots are super crisp, and a 12MP regular wide-angle lens. On top of this, the new DepthVision camera enables a high level of control over background blur, easily achieving a bokeh effect. With 3x Hybrid Optical Zoom and up to 30x Super Resolution Zoom, you can discover details you never knew about.
Over on the Galaxy S20 Ultra, there’s the same 12MP Ultra Wide lens, but there's a 48MP telephoto lens and the third wide-angle lens is a huge 108MP, so you can cut and crop as much as you like, without compromising on clarity. This 108MP lens also enables you to zone in on the details to capture images out of reach, with 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom and up to 100x Super Resolution Zoom. The Galaxy S20 Ultra shares the same DepthVision lens too, meaning you can artfully blur wherever you see fit.
The front cameras on these two handsets differ too; the Galaxy S20+ has an impressive 10MP selfie lens, but if you’re looking for even sharper selfies, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 40MP front camera.
Both the phones feature the Bright Night feature – an upgraded mode for shooting in low light – which can combine three photographs to produce an optimised final image. For those who love to shoot after dark, you can also try Night Hyperlapse; an optimised timelapse feature which uses advanced low-light tech to capture atmospheric streaking light trails in video.
The S20 series are also the first smartphones to offer 8K video recording – Super Steady mode keeps even shaky footage smooth, and you can pull 33MP stills from your videos too, which is handy if there’s a specific frame you want to freeze.
Samsung S20+ vs. Samsung S20 Ultra: Power and Battery
As the Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra are 5G-ready, power and battery life are front-and-centre on both handsets. Where the Galaxy S20+ is fuelled by a 4,500mAh cell, the S20 Ultra has a 5,000mAh cell behind it. Both batteries support Super Fast Charging, as well as the handy Wireless Powershare feature, so you can share battery charge with a friend's phone by placing them back-to-back (as long as they have a compatible handset).